NEWSLETTER No.327, April , 2010

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The “Voices of Resistance” forum will hear from peoplerecently arrived back from the heart of two critical international struggles.Hela Rahman – is a young Iraqi student who has recentlyreturned from a trip to Iraq visiting family and friends. She will give herassessment of Iraq alongside personal stories which bring home the reality oflife under foreign military occupation. Sandy Gauntlett– is a New Zealander who has attended the mid-April CochabambaInternational Climate Summit in Bolivia. Sandy will bring us up to date withinternational developments particularly as they affect indigenous peoples inthe struggle against climate change. Gary Cranston fromClimate Camp will talk about local action to challenge the powerful vestedinterests working for big business.

Links on Cochabamba conference

People’s Summit Adopts ‘Cochabamba Protocols’ http://climateandcapitalism.com/?p=2225

Naomi Klein: A New Climate Movement in Bolivia http://climateandcapitalism.com/?p=2200

Evo Morales: `Combating climate change — lessons from the world’sIndigenous peoples’ http://links.org.au/node/1645

31,000 demand "System Change Not Climate Change"! http://www.resist.org.uk/?q=node/955

Evo Morales’ message to grassroots climate talks – planet or death http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/apr/21/evo-morales-grassroots-climate-talks

From Copenhagen to Cochabamba, via the Amazon – On his way to the WorldPeoples’ Conference in Bolivia, a member of the Indigenous EnvironmentalNetwork from the Six Nations in Ontario revisits the scenes of struggle todefend indigenous communities and rights in the Peruvian Amazon. http://climateandcapitalism.com/?p=2128

Civil Society Playing Key Role in People’s Conference – “Webelieve the people’s conference is a fundamental space because if a poleof subversion and response is not created, and if we don’t take the floorfrom the governments, there is no possibility that the negotiations willadvance” http://climateandcapitalism.com/?p=2154

In Bolivia, we are experts in the impossible http://climateandcapitalism.com/?p=2198

Earth Day in Bolivia: Indigenous Peoples Vow to Defend Mother Earth http://climateandcapitalism.com/?p=2204

Bolivia people’s climate summit: An S.O.S. from Tiquipaya http://links.org.au/node/1640


March Against Mining The Government wants to open up the best of ourconservation land to mining… Will we value and protect our unique ecology andland, or squander it for a quick buck? Let’s show the Government this isnot the direction we want for our country! http://www.dontunderminenz.org

Most JB Hi-Fi workers are paid $13.50, just 75 cents above the minimum wageyet the Australian electronic retail giant JB Hi-Fi’s net profit aftertax is expected to be A$117 million to A$120 million this year.“It’s absolutely ridiculous JB Hi-Fi has told employees in NewZealand they shouldn’t expect a pay rise this year when over in AustraliaJB Hi- Fi workers earn nearly twice as much as New Zealand workers,” saidUnite Union organiser Omar Hamed. “The CEO of JB Hi-Fi was paid over A$3million in the last year so the company cannot plead poverty to its employeeswho have not had a pay rise in two years”. Watch TV3 News coverage of thestrike at: http://tiny.cc/aoara

Unions Auckland celebrate international workers day by marching from Britomartto the Maritime Club. Celebration: Maritime Club – 68 Anzac Ave from 2.30onwards. Food will be provided (Buy your own drinks)

For the last six months, the Campaign for a Living Wage has been going hard,and we have collected over 150,000 signatures of support to raise the minimumwage to $15ph. This Saturday is International Workers Day, and it’s time tomake the Bosses pay. Come to the May Day Party and celebrate the last year ofworkers struggles, with speakers from the various strikes and campaigns thathave happened. Support the JB Hi Fi workers. And come find out about the nextphase of the Movement for the Working Poor. May Day – it’s time to party. withreggae legends Tigi Ness and Unity Pacific, revolutionary passion from CalleLatina and Hip Hop act Shine Forum. May Day – Workers Day! Party for a LivingWage. Entrance: Koha at the door


Thursday, April 29, 6.30pm, Room 3.401 Engineering Faculty,University of Auckland
Documentary screening "Palestine is still the Issue" by John Pilger.

Thursday, April 29, 7pm, Room 029, Clock Tower, University ofAuckland
No mining campaign meeting. Hosted by Greens on Campus. Catherine Delahunty,Green Party MP and Steve Abel, Greenpeace campaigner will speak about thecampaign to stop mining in conservation areas and how Aucklanders can getinvolved. Topics covered will include submission writing, the Greenpeace marchon the 1st of May, and a brainstorm of activities that Aucklanders could do inthe future. After the meeting we’ll also show a 20 minute docu calledProspects, about the successful campaign to stop mining in the Coromandel thatCatherine was involved in during the 1980s.

Saturday, May 1, 11am, lower Queen St, Auckland
March Against Mining The Government wants to open up the best of ourconservation land to mining… Will we value and protect our unique ecology andland, or squander it for a quick buck? Let’s show the Government this isnot the direction we want for our country! http://www.dontunderminenz.org

Saturday, May 1, 1.45pm, Takutai Square, Near Gore St, DowntownAuckland
UNIONS AUCKLAND MAY DAY MARCH. We will be marching from Britomart tothe Maritime Club. Celebration: Maritime Club – 68 Anzac Ave from 2.30onwards. Food will be provided (Buy your own drinks). We will be meeting atTakutai Square on the Gore Street side of Britomart for the March.

Saturday, May 1, 7.30pm, Bluestone Room, 9 – 11 Durham Lane ,Central City, Auckland
"MayDay- Workers Day! party for a Living Wage". For the last six months, theCampaign for a Living Wage has been going hard, and we have collected over150,000 signatures of support to raise the minimum wage to $15ph. May Day isWorkers Day, and it’s time to make the Bosses pay. Come to the May Day Partyand celebrate the last year of workers struggles, with speakers from thevarious strikes and campaigns that have happened. Support the JB Hi Fistrikers! And come find out about the next phase of the Movement for theWorking Poor. May Day – it’s time to party. with Tigi Ness andUnity Pacific and Hip Hop act Shine Forum.Sponsored by Unite Union and the Campaign for a Living Wage.

Saturday 1st May 9.45 am Piha Surf Life Saving Club, PihaBeach.
Unite the Fight against National’s Attacks .. Join us at a public meeting withPaula Bennett. we are going to put her on the spot about National’santi-welfare and anti- environment anti-democratic policies. We will ask herabout :Taking the Waitakeres out of local control and putting it in the handsof developers, a Super City run by unaccountable corporates, forcing stretchedmothers into non- existant paid employment, Stopping benefits for people whofail work tests, Shifting money from the poor to the rich by raising GST,mining national parks, increasing surveillance, cutbacks in services, keepingthe minimum wage and benefits below living levels. Organised by the WaitemataBranch of Unite http://www.waitemataunite.blogspot.com

Sunday, May 2, 9.30am, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road, GreyLynn.
Kia ora koutou katoa, We wanted to remind you about the meeting to organiseagainst the world dairy summit. We would love to see you and your friendsthere. For more information please email us on auckland@animalfreedom.org.nz.For catering purposes it would be great if people could RSVP. We, AnimalFreedom Aotearoa, invite you to a meeting to co-ordinate and plan actionsaround the World Dairy Summit happening in November 8-11th 2010 in AucklandCity. We feel that this is an important opportunity to highlight the manyissues relating to the dairy industry such as animal exploitation, ecologicaldestruction and climate change as well as broader social and economic issues ofglobalisation and neo-imperialism.

Monday, May 3, 7.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn
GPJA FORUM: “Voices of Resistance – from Cochabamba toBaghdad” Hear from people recently arrived back from the heart of twocritical international struggles. Hela Rahman – is ayoung Iraqi student who has recently returned from a trip to Iraq visitingfamily and friends. She will give her assessment of Iraq alongside personalstories which bring home the reality of life under foreign military occupation.Sandy Gauntlett – is a New Zealander who has attendedthe mid-April Cochabamba International Climate Summit in Bolivia. Sandy willbring us up to date with international developments particularly as they affectindigenous peoples in the struggle against climate change. GaryCranston from Climate Camp will talk about local action to challengethe powerful vested interests working for big business and we hope SinaDavis, a climate activist from Australia (and formerly from NewZealand) will also be available to give her perspective.

Monday, May 3, 8.30pm, Academy Theatre, Lorne St, City
A new Canadian documentary directed by Pierre Mignault and filmed secretlyinside Burma showcases the country’s little known networks of resistancemovements. It sheds light on the enormous risks taken by ordinary Burmese, andtheir long struggle to remove the country’s brutal military dictatorship."Breaking the Silence:Burma’s Resistance"

Wednesday, May 5, 11am-12noon, WF714, AUT Business School, 42Wakefield Street, Auckland City
‘Employee participation and well-being: Denmark and New Zealand.’Professor Ray Markey Director of NZWALMI will present his forthcoming paper forthe 9th European congress of the International Industrial Relations Association(IIRA) taking place in June at the University of Copenhagen. NZWALMI publicseminar.

Wednesday, May 5, 7.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road, GreyLynn.
Public Meeting – Stop the three strikes legislation! Guest Speaker RevRon Givens. Ron is a prison chaplain from California and is the PoliticalDirector of UNION (United for No Injustice, Oppression or Neglect). UNIONcampaigns against California’s three strikes policy of minimum sentencessimilar to those proposed here by ACT. Ron will talk about the horrendoussituation in California’s jails and the serious injustices caused by thethree strikes policy. The meeting will be chaired by well-known criminal lawyerPeter Williams QC. Please spread through your networks.

Thursday, May 6, 24 Church Rd, Mangere Bridge, Auckland.
READING GROUP… INVITE… READING GROUP… INVITE…READING GROUP… INVITE… Coming up: a collective discussion ofGrant Morgan’s in-depth essay ‘Beware! The end is nigh!’ Whyglobal capitalism is tipping towards collapse, and how we can act for a decentfuture. This 20,000-word essay is contained in UNITY journal, March 2010,published by Socialist Worker-New Zealand. Go to http://www.UNITYblogNZ.com If you are aneco-leftist wanting to talk over this ground-breaking essay with like-mindedactivists, come along: WHEN: 7pm on Thursday, 6 May 2010. WHERE: GrantMorgan’s home, 24 Church Rd, Mangere Bridge, Auckland. It would beappreciated if you flagged your intention to participate so we have an idea ofnumbers at the Reading Group. Email Grant at grantmorgan@paradise.net.nz ortxt/phone him on 021 2544 515.

Saturday, May 8, 8am-5pm, OGGB3 BusinessSchool
UNIMUN – UNITED NATIONS MODEL UN – For those of you who have taken partin one of these in high school and remember it as a glorified diplomatic datingservice, well the annual Auckland Region University Model United Nations isback again. A day of intense debate, passionate lobbying, negotiations, andespionage. Instead of one delegate representing one country, we will be havingteams of two this year. So grab a friend, put on your diplomatic hat and comejoin us for an epic day at the UN. No prior experience required. There will bean optional social to let the hair down and to continue diplomacy/hooking up.To register email Wilson at auckland.uni@unyanz.co.nz


Tuesday, May 11, 7.30pm, Musgrove Studio, AucklandUniversity
Caryl Churchills Play for Gaza, ‘Seven Jewish Children’ This play will be atthe University of Aucklands Musgrove Theatre on the week of Al Nakba toremember the catastrophe of 1948. This event is free of entry but we havelimited seating. To confirm a seat please email: justiceinpalestineSJP@gmail.comwith your full name so we can add you to the guest list. If you would like tobring along others, please give us their names also. This is vital as we arehoping for a full house and seat are limited so get in quick! One of theconditions of the play is that we fundraise for Medical Aid in gaza so all kohadonated will go towards that.We will in additon be selling food, drinks,t-shirts, kaffeiyyahs etc. There will be a panel dicussion held after theperformace. We hope you can join us on this night and look forward to seeingyou.

Friday, May 14, 4.30pm, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
Antony Loewenstein "My Israel Question" – General Admission, Auckland Writersand Readers Festival, Event 33. The election of Barack Obama brought hope tomillions around the world and has seen renewed diplomatic efforts in the MiddleEast, yet the Israel-Palestine conflict goes on unabated. AntonyLoewenstein’s bestseller, My Israel Question, generated a storm ofcontroversy, critical praise and robust public debate when it was firstpublished in 2006. A third, fully updated and expanded edition of his forensicdiscussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict came out in 2009. He examinesthe prospects of the Middle East peace process in the new geo-politicalcontext, and alternative suggestions on how to tackle the crisis, mapping outwhere hope lies for a resolution. Chair: Treasa Dunworth. Ticketinginformation: Festival Club members, Patrons and Friends of the Festival ticketsavailable until 12 May from the Aotea Centre Box office or by calling 09 3573354. Earlybird tickets available until 12 May. For group bookings call 09 3573354. Doors open 4.00pm. Event 4.30pm – 5.30pm. (Times are approximate and aresubject to change). For more information visit http://www.writersfestival.co.nz Thisevent is General Admission. Please note General Admission tickets cannot bereprinted if they are lost. We strongly recommend you select "courier" as yourdelivery method. http://www.the-edge.co.nz/Event-Pages/A/AWRF-main-events/33-My-Israel-Questio.aspx

Saturday, May 15, 9am-2pm, New Lynn Community Centre in WaitakereCity
ECOMATTERS ENVIRONMENT TRUST PRESENTS: A REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL HUI "ThrivingIn Our Changing Environment". All groups and individuals working in theenvironmental sector in the Auckland Region are welcome to attend this event onSaturday 15 May. Prior registration is required. The purpose of the Hui is: 1.Networking and 2. To share views on thriving in our changing environment. Wewill meet at the New Lynn Community Centre in Waitakere City at 9am forregistration. Anyone wishing to bring a small display may do so, set-up is from8.30am. The Hui will last until approximately 2pm. An optional tour of theEcoMatters Environment Trust site in New Lynn will follow. The format of theday will comprise brief presentations and open space working on specific,relevant topics. If you would like to suggest a group discussion topic forconsideration please let us know when you register. A full programme will bereleased to registrants nearer the time. Registration fees will apply: Groups$40 (covers 2 individuals); Individuals $25; Unwaged $10. Includes lunch.Please register online by visiting: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dEZYLUhuWGNTa2g1VTZuLVg4azMxcVE6MQClosingdate for registrations and payments is 30 April. For any further enquiries please contactinfo@ecomatters.org.nz

Saturday, May 15, 9am to 4pm at St Matthew-in-the-City, cornerWellesley and Hobson Streets, Auckland
Disturbing the Peace: A Day of Reflection, Discussion & Networking. Purposeof the day: – meet other people interested in issues of peace; – talk about howpeace and spirituality intertwine; – talk about how peace and justiceintertwine; – save the world. Questions to be explored: Is peace justunrealistic? Is peace toothless verbiage? Has/is the church invested in thecontinuation of violence? Is peace just a word that politicians use to buy timein order to re-arm; or to get their country’s companies to move in tomaximize profits in a new market? What difference does doing anything in NZmake to anyone anywhere? Should NZ have soldiers? Should we be involved in‘peace keeping’ operations – like Afghanistan? What are thelimits of violence in non-violent protest? Who will be there? The day willfeature as keynote speaker Canon Paul “Apostle for Peace andReconciliation” Oestreicher, retired Director of the Centre forInternational Reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral; founding Chair of AmnestyInternational; Vice President, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament; QuakerChaplain to the University of Sussex and a lifelong worker for peace and socialjustice. Leading New Zealand peace advocates have been invited to respond tohis two presentations:
♦Fr Peter Murnane, Peace activist recently acquitted in the Waihopai 3trial
♦Revd Sande Ramage, School chaplain and former military chaplain
♦Ms Edwina Hughes, Coordinator of Peace Movement Aotearoa
♦Associate Professor Peter Lineham, Historian of Peace Movements
♦Dr Heather deVere, Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies
♦Mr Andrew Shepherd, Peace theologian
Programme for May 15:
9.00 Registration and morning tea
10.00 Address by Paul Oestreicher
11.00 Panel response and Q&A
12.30 Lunch (and Morning & Afternoon Teas) provided by the Women’sInternational League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).
1.30 Address by Paul Oestreicher
2.30 Panel response and Q & A
4.00 Finish with afternoon tea and informal conversation
Canon Oestreicher will also be the guest preacher at St Matthew-in-the-City thenext morning, 8am & 10am, Sunday, May 16. Cost: $40.00 Registration /$20.00 for Students & Unwaged. (Includes lunch and teas for those whopre-register) Lunch cannot be guaranteed for those who do NOT pre-register forthe event. For more information email Clay Nelson at clay@stmatthews.org.nz or call StMatthew’s office: 09 379 0625

Tuesday, 7pm, May 18, Conference Centre Lecture Theatre, 22 SymondsStreet, University of Auckland, Auckland CBD
QUESTIONING ISRAEL – Liberated Jewish thought on Palestine/Israel – A talk byAntony Loewenstein, Sydney-based journalist, blogger and author of best seller"My Israel Question". Gold coin koha appreciated

Friday, May 21, 7.30am, School of Population Health, Tamaki CampusUniversity of Auckland. Gate 1, 261 Morrin Rd, (Bldg 730, Function Room 220 onlevel 2), Glen Innes, Auckland
10TH ANNUAL CPAG POST-BUDGET BREAKFAST BUDGET 2010: ACCOUNTING FORCHILDREN? This year’s Budget is looming as one of great concern to allwho are interested in the welfare of our children. Pre-budget commentary andannouncements from the Government are pushing us to a status of“alarm”. The impact of the fiscal policies of the 1990s is beingstill felt keenly today and this Government appears to not only be willing toignore this impact, but also determined to drive the wedge of inequality deeperinto our society. The response to the present recession is primarily aimed atcost-cutting, which increases the exposure of the vulnerable , especiallychildren. The proposed tax changes will do nothing to improve the position ofat risk families in New Zealand. Of particular concern is the proposal to raiseGST which will directly hit the pockets of the poorest families. CPAG’sannual Post-Budget Breakfast will this year feature two of CPAG’s ownexecutive. Susan St John, Associate Professor of Economics atUniversity of Auckland dissects the budget. “Is this 1991 all over again?Were the welfare reforms just to soften us up? Where are the children in thisbudget?” Alan Johnson, Economist and Salvation Armysocial policy analyst will reframe poverty through the lens of the“deserving and the undeserving”. Alan will examine our treatment ofthe children of beneficiaries and non- beneficiaries, and compare our treatmentof the young and the elderly. This is CPAG’s stellar event on our annualcalendar and is considered one of the most stimulating and discerningdiscussions around the Budget. RSVP and Enquiries: contact Julie Timmins at admin@cpag.org.nz ph (09) 303 9260 toregister. Cost: $30 waged, $15 unwaged. Payment: prefer direct credit CPAG38-9003-0066858-00 giving surname, ref ‘Breakfast’ + # of attendees) or sendcheque, advising contact details + # attendees, PO Box 56-150, Auckland 1446.Early payment will secure your booking. Kind Regards, Julie Timmins. http://www.cpag.org.nz

September 29-30, Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre, ManukauCity
JUST ACTION CONFERENCE: Just Action is for all those with a heart for TheSalvation Army’s mission to fight suffering in all its forms, to speakout and act against injustice, and to be a force for justice, faith and mercyin the world. Here’s some information to bring you up-to-date on plansfor next year’s Just Action Conference, ‘The Power toChange’, which is being held as part of Mission 2010, a combined congressof The Salvation Army New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory. Full Conferencedetails and registration information will be available next year. For moreinformation, contact Major Ian Kilgour, The Salvation Army Social Policy andParliamentary Unit. p: (09) 261 0883 or e: ian_kilgour@nzf.salvationarmy.orgPlan to join us and explore how the Gospel can bring international, national,community and neighbourhood change. Plan to join us and explore how the Gospelcan bring international, national, community and neighbourhood change.SPEAKERS: Jim Wallis is a best-selling author, publictheologian, speaker, preacher and international commentator on religion andpublic life, faith and politics. He is President and Chief Executive Officer ofSojourners, where he is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine. DaveAndrews, Coordinator for training with the Community InitiativesResource Association, and educator-atlarge for TEAR Australia. Dave, his wifeAnge, and their family, have lived and worked in intentional communities withmarginalised groups of people in Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India andNepal for more than 30 years.


A regionwide coalition called Our Auckland is urging Aucklanders to have a sayon the Government’s "Super City" proposals. Formed by a broad range ofcommunity groups and individuals from across the Auckland Region, the groupplans to launch its campaign on Thursday 29 April. Our Auckland spokespersonMels Barton said "Despite the Government promising to consult Aucklanders’about their plans for the reorganisation of councils in the Region, they havenever done so. We think it’s about time someone asked ordinary people for theirviews, since they are the ones paying for these changes. The Government hasn’tdone it, so we will, because after all it’s our city, our assets and our ratesand Aucklanders deserve to have a say." Find out more by reading The Aucklanderon Thursday 29 April (The Aucklander comes free with the NZ Herald or from yourlocal library). The Our Auckland website will go live this week at http://www.ourauckland.org.nz Comment: MelsBarton 09 816 8337 or 021 213 7779

A new Canadian documentary directed by Pierre Mignault and filmed secretlyinside Burma showcases the country’s little known networks of resistancemovements. It sheds light on the enormous risks taken by ordinary Burmese, andtheir long struggle to remove the country’s brutal military dictatorship.Showing in Auckland on Monday 3 May, 8.30pm at Academy Cinema, 44 Lorne St andin Wellington on Monday 26 April, 8pm at Paramount Cinema, Courtenay Pl.Tickets are $25. Join us for free drinks at a social hour before the screening.contact unionaid@nzctu.org.nz for tickets.All proceeds to UnionAID. Trailer of the documentary film "Breaking the Silence:Burma’s Resistance"

"Kei muri i te awe kapara he tangata ke – behind the tattoed face astranger stands: Recognising, engaging, understanding difference" http://www.traditionalknowledge2010.ac.nz

Tena Koutou Katoa (Greetings), There is just over a week to go before theclosing date for abstracts on Friday, 30 April, 2010. • Find all thedetails about Abstracts here: http://www.traditionalknowledge2010.ac.nz/submissionsand information about the conference theme here: http://www.traditionalknowledge2010.ac.nz/explanation-key-questions
• Scholarship recipients please submit outlines or title talks toproceedings@traditionalknowledge2010.ac.nz by Friday, 30 April, 2010
• Visit our conference website http://www.traditionalknowledge2010.ac.nz toRegister for the Conference online (early bird rates end on May 14th 2010)
Contact details: enquiries@traditionalknowledge2010.ac.nz / Telephone+64-9-3737599 ext 82376 or 84220

Dear Friends, Students for Justice in Palestine is planning to stage CarylChurchill’s play for Gaza, ‘7 Jewish children’. They are going to be doing thison the week of Al Nakba to mark the day. Tuesday May 11th at 6pm We have agroup from Waiheke Is who will be performing the play headed by ElizabethEastmond. The play will be performed in the Musgrove Theatre, University ofAuckland and the cost of this is very high (over $500). One of the conditionsof the play is that it remains to be free of entry and any donations made mustbe for medical aid in Gaza. We are a student organization and we have limitedfunds. see anyone willing to contribute to this excellent initiative ? If so pleasesend a donation to PHRC bank account NBNZ 06 0145 0045138 00 ( ref PLAY) orpost chq to Box 56 150 Mt Eden Auckland 1446. Many thanks, Janfrie Wakim

Celebrating International Workers Day: A great night of fun and solidarity inthe form of song, music, dance and performance art from unions, communitygroups and individuals from throughout New Zealand and internationally.Featuring Peter Hicks (Folk singer / activist, Tasmania), The Brazen Hussies intheir 20th year of performing and the Turakina Maori Girls College kapa haka.Also featuring Ahmed Zaoui (poems), the Michelle Robinson Dancers,Pi’ikea Clark (ukelele), John Maynard (Trumpet), Rob Thorne, Suzy Hawes,Luc Arnault (France), Folk-Us, the Congolese Community Dancers and much more.When: Saturday 1 May 2010, 7.30pm. Where: Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North.Cost: Entry by gold coin donation. Judges for the May Day Cup: Peter Conway(Secretary, NZCTU), Keith Locke (Green Party MP), Iain Lees-Galloway (LabourParty MP, PNth), Pat Kelly (PNth City Councillor), Tania Kopytko (ExecutiveDirector, Dance Aotearoa NZ). Contact: Organised by Dion Martin (coordinator)Manawatu MayDay Coalition, on behalf of Unions Manawatu. Post: PO Box 1327,Palmerston North. Tel: (06) 356 9658, Cell: (021) 776 029, Email: dion.martin@ndu.org.nz Organise for:*Proper funding for public health, education housing and all public services; *The unrestricted right to strike for significant political, social andenvironmental issues; * Free education (student debt $11 billion); * Stopprivatisation of ACC; * No to racism – welcome refugees/asylum seekers; *Peace – and a NZ foreign and trade policy independent of US andglobalised corporate control; * $15 per hour minimum wage – sign the petition;* All NZ & US troops OUT of Afghanistan & Iraq NOW * Support the FreeBurma campaign and the CTU Tamil Nadu project. * Leave our Personal Grievanceprocess alone. *Hands off our holidays. Supported by: the New Zealand Councilof Trade Unions, Community Arts Palmerston North and Creative CommunitiesPalmerston North City.

329BC, Alexander the Great conquers Bagram, crossroads of Asia.
1839, the British army takes Kabul.
1970, a kiwi hippie gets stoned on quality hash beneath the Hindu Kush.
1980, the Socialist Action League organises a meeting in the Wellington TradesHall to explain Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.
2010, a New Zealand army unit sets out on a mission to the Chagai hills,southern Afghanistan….
All of this in “The Perfumed Garden,” a New Zealand play aboutAfghanistan, opening at The Forge / The Court in Christchurch, July16—Aug 14. http://www.courttheatre.org.nz/index.cfm/0,26,231,html?previewid=241

May 1st. Registration form and further information, http://www.blackballmuseum.org.nz

Luis Jalandoni is the International Representative of the National DemocraticFront of the Philippines (NDF), a post that he has held since 1977, and since1994 he has been the Chairperson of the NDF’s Negotiating Panel for peacetalks with the Government of the Philippines. The NDF is the coalition ofseveral underground groups, including the Communist Party of the Philippinesand its New People’s Army, which has been waging a war of liberationthroughout the Philippines for more than 40 years, making it one of the longestrunning armed struggles in the world. The country desperately needs peace withjustice and security, so resolving this people’s war is central to that.Luis (who previously toured New Zealand in 1987) will undertake a nationalspeaking tour between October 24 and November 14. His tour is beingcollectively organised and hosted by PSNA, Auckland Philippines Solidarity andWellington Kiwi Pinoy. His topic will be: Justice And Liberation: The Road ToPeace In The Philippines. The itinerary is still being finalised but definitevenues are: Christchurch, Blenheim, Wellington, Palmerston North, Hamilton,Auckland and Whangarei. New Plymouth is also a probability, still to beconfirmed. Luis will be accompanied by his wife Coni Ledesma, who will also bespeaking. She is a member of the NDF Negotiating Panel for peace talks; and isthe International Spokesperson of MAKIBAKA, a revolutionary women’s groupwhich belongs to the NDF. This is the first time we’ve had two speakerstogether, let alone such high powered ones. Luis and Coni are both veteranleading figures in the Philippine revolutionary Left. He was a Catholic priestin the 1960s and she was a nun. Both were founders of Christians for NationalLiberation, a member group of the NDF. When Ferdinand Marcos declared martiallaw in 1972, both went underground. They were both arrested and spent time aspolitical prisoners. They left the clergy, and were married in 1974, byCardinal Sin, no less. They have lived in The Netherlands since 1976; they werethe first Filipinos to apply for and receive political asylum there. They holdDutch passports and travel extensively as NDF representatives. We are appealingfor funds, on behalf of all three groups. PSNA will underwrite the tour, but wedefinitely need financial help because we are hosting two people. The amountneeded is $10,000. The two international fares from Europe is the biggest cost,at $6,000. We will keep their domestic travel costs as cheap as possible. LuisJalandoni and Coni Ledesma’s tour presents a unique opportunity to hearfirsthand about a four decades long war, and accompanying peace process, in ourown backyard that is almost totally unknown to New Zealanders. Please help makethis exciting tour possible. Please make cheques to PSNA, Box 2450,Christchurch, with a note saying that it is for the Jalandoni tour. Or, we willsupply our bank account details upon request. Murray Horton, Secretary, PSNA,Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa, Box 2450, Christchurch, NewZealand. cafca@chch.planet.org.nz

The Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network’s brigades to Venezuela are aonce-in-a-lifetime experience – the opportunity to see first-hand an unfoldingrevolution that is not only radically transforming the lives of Venezuelans,but challenging the greed, exploitation and destructiveness of globalcapitalism by showing that a better world is possible. A special feature of theSeptember 2010 brigade will be observing Venezuela’s vigorous democracyin action. The brigade will coincide with Venezuela’s next NationalAssembly elections, on September 26th, enabling brigadistas to observe the lastweek of campaigning – including the traditionally huge election ralliesheld on the weekend before – and polling day itself. As well as observingthe national elections, brigade participants will experience Venezuela’sparticipatory democracy at work, with visits to communal councils and communes.They will also visit worker-run factories and cooperatives; free, high-qualitypublic health and education services; Indigenous-run sustainable developmentprograms; and community controlled media stations. During the 10 days,brigadistas will have the opportunity to speak to a wide range of grassrootsorganisations, community activists, trade unions and government representativesabout the radical changes being implemented by the Venezuelan people. The 2010national elections brigade is the 11th solidarity tour to Venezuela organisedby the AVSN. Reports and photos from previous AVSN brigades are posted athttp://www.venezuelasolidarity.org. We are also happy to put you in touch withpeople who have participated in AVSN brigades, if you would like to find outmore.
Brigade registration and costs
The deadline for registering for the 2010 National Elections brigadeis July 1, 2010. To express interest in participating and obtain a registrationform, please contact brigades@venezuelasolidarity.orgParticipants will need to book their own international airfares, but the AVSNcan help with advice. Accommodation, transport and English-Spanish translationwithin Venezuela will be organised for all brigade participants. You will needto budget for a total cost of approximately $4000. This will cover:international return airfares and taxes (approximately $2500 from Sydney);accommodation (twin-share basis); transport and basic food while you are inVenezuela; and the brigade registration fee ($500 for workers, $300 forstudents or pensioners). For more information, email brigades@venezuelasolidarity.orgor phone Lisa Macdonald +61 413 031 108, Jim McIlroy +61 423 741 734 or RobertoJorquera +61 425 182 994.


"A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men’s lives should not stake their own" – H.G. Wells

"We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." – Albert Einstein



Speech: Disqualification of convicted prisoners – Hone Harawira http://www.maoriparty.org/index.php?pag=nw&id=978&p=speech-disqualification-of-convicted-prisoners-hone-harawira.html

Myanmar trio funded by taxpayer http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/3608443/Myanmar-trio-funded-by-taxpayer

Rebel who paid grim price for wanting peace By TOM HUNT – The Dominion Post http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/local/3609331/Rebel-who-paid-grim-price-for-wanting-peace

Bill to stop prisoners voting http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10639991

Editorial: We can’t have war without peace http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/opinion/3610458/We-can-t-have-war-without-peace

Minister Cannot Wash His Hands of Funding http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1004/S00065.htm

We’re still hanging on to the Empire’s coat tails http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10640666

Search and Surveillance protest 25 Apr 2010 total 4 youtube videos:

Tapu Misa: Fishhooks in public service outsourcing – Privately-run prisons and ACC could be the start of corporatisation which has exploded in America http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10640836

The Blood of Its Sons (ANZAC Day 2010) by Chris Trotter http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/2010/04/blood-of-its-sons-anzac-day-2010.html

Fossil Fools Day Action 2010 – Climate Camp NZ

John Minto: Predator priests in the Catholic Church http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1004/S00174.htm

On our unhealthy fixation with Gallipoli http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2010/04/22/gordon-campbell-on-our-fixation-with-gallipoli/

Hone Harawira: The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1004/S00244.htm

Gordon Campbell: Paula Bennett’s Strange Welfare Panel Last week when Social Development Minister Paula Bennett named the working group on welfare reform, she also cited in a footnote two experts that the panel could draw on for support – Professor Bob Gregory, an economics professor at Australian … http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2010/04/20/campbell-paula-bennett%E2%80%99s-strange-welfare-panel/


The First Socialist International of the 21st Century By Kiraz Janicke, Federico Fuentes, and Julio Chavez – During the recently concluded five-month extraordinary congress of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, Kiraz Janicke & Federico Fuentes had the opportunity to discuss President Hugo Chavez’s proposal to form a Fifth Socialist International, with Julio Chavez, a delegate to the PSUV congress and a member of the congress’s international committee, which is charged with drafting a specific plan of action to form a new socialist international. http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/5308

Gods and Monsters -Fighting American Wars From On High http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175232/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_the_view_from_mount_olympus__/

John Pilger: Why Sharks Should Not Own Sport – The murky side of sport, from Tiger Woods, world cup football to IPL http://www.countercurrents.org/pilger220410.htm

Manuel Noriega – From US Friend to Foe By Mark Tran – Noriega was recruited as a CIA informant while studying at a military academy in Peru. He received intelligence and counterintelligence training at the School of the Americas at Fort Gulick, Panama, in 1967, as well as a course in psychological operations at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was to remain on the CIA payroll until February 1988. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25326.htm

In case you missed it: The Panama Deception: This film shows how the U.S. attacked Panama and killed 3,000 or 4,000 people in an invasion that the rest of the world was against. (Sound familiar?) It won the Academy Award for best documentary. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4078.htm


Chernobyl Radiation Killed Nearly One Million People: New Book – NEW YORK, New York, April 26, 2010 (ENS) – Nearly one million people around the world died from exposure to radiation released by the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl reactor, finds a new book from the New York Academy of Sciences published today on the 24th anniversary of the meltdown at the Soviet facility. http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/apr2010/2010-04-26-01.html

Financing World Hunger: How the financial markets create hunger and make huge profits http://snipurl.com/vpcy0


Ending the Myth of ‘Market Fundamentalism’ By Dean Baker, CEPR http://www.cepr.net/index.php/op-eds-&-columns/op-eds-&-columns/ending-myth-of-market-fundamentalism/

The challenge of halting the financial doomsday machin – By Martin Wolf http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f2e4dbb0-4caa-11df-9977-00144feab49a.html

Taibbi: The Lunatics Who Made a Religion Out of Greed and Wrecked the Economy http://www.alternet.org/story/146611/taibbi:_the_lunatics_who_made_a_religion_out_of_greed_and_wrecked_the_economy__

Don’t Cry for Wall Street By PAUL KRUGMAN http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/23/opinion/23krugman.html


Capitalism is not sustainable – A book of writings on the environmental crisis by John Bellamy Foster outlines a Marxist approach, while making sense of the latest science, writes Erik Wallenberg. http://socialistworker.org/2010/04/22/capitalism-is-not-sustainable

The never-ending drug war By John Jiggens – The Strength of the Pack: The Personalities, Politics & Espionage Intrigues that Shaped the DEA By Douglas Valentine TrineDay, 2009 http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/43656

Polanski’s Ghost Writer A film review By Gilad Atzmon – The film tackles the most devastating chapter in recent history, the transformation of Anglo American liberal democracy into a lethal killing machine, fueled by pathos andrighteousness, a chapter British society is not yet mature enough to deal with.http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25285.htm


Beginning of the end for Afghan war? The war has dragged on long after thepublic turned against it – but a rebellion in the US Congress could speedour exit http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/apr/23/usforeignpolicy-afghanistan

Dread Surrounds "Operation Hope" – The US military will launch a majoroffensive in Afghanistan’s province of Kandahar in the early summer. GeneralStanley McChrystal has said that his counter-insurgency strategy depends onwinning the "hearts and minds" of the population. But it seems that Washingtonand its alliies are already losing the war on that front. At the beginning ofApril, tribal elders in Kandahar insisted they did not want a militaryoffensive against the Taliban in their region. On April 12, US troops openedfire on a passenger bus at a security checkpoint, killing civilians and furtherworsening relations between the local population and the foreign forces. http://www.globalpolicy.org/empire/us-military-expansion-and-intervention/afghanistan/48958.html

Memo To America: Stop Murdering My People By Malalai Joya – Amid increasingcivilian deaths and resurgent warlordism, Afghan women’s leader Malalai Joyawrites that Hamid Karzai and the U.S. are losing credibility in Afghanistan dayby day http://www.countercurrents.org/joya220410.htm


Human rights overboard – Australians voted out the Howard Coalitiongovernment in 2007. But the Labor government’s decision to suspend processingnew refugees arriving by boat from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka means JohnHoward’s racist refugee policies have been revived. http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/43640

Australian Tamils vote in independence referendum http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/43675


Consultation Workshop: Peoples’ Plan of Action for River BasinManagement http://riversandcommunities.wordpress.com/


Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of Cochabamba Water War http://upsidedownworld.org/main/news-briefs-archives-68/2456-reflection-on-the-tenth-anniversary-of-cochabamba-water-war


Colombia’s "Genocidal Democracy" May Have Claimed Over 150,000 Lives: Giventhat the U.S. has aided the Colombian military with over $7 billion in militaryassistance since 2000, all the while knowing the military’s close collaborationwith the murderous paramilitaries, the U.S. itself is complicit in theparamilitaries’ crimes. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-kovalik/colombias-genocidal-democ_b_551847.html

U.S. Advises Security Apprenticeships in Colombia – "Colombia’s successagainst terrorists and narco-traffickers does offer a lot of opportunities forthem to share their expertise. We certainly would like to see . . . othercountries take advantage of Colombia’s strengths." http://upsidedownworld.org/main/colombia-archives-61/2463-us-advises-security-apprenticeships-in-colombia

Coca Cola’s Role in the Assassinations of Union Leaders Explored in PowerfulNew Documentary: "The Coca-Cola Case" explores allegations of tragedy atbottling plants in Colombia, trade union murder capital of the world. http://snipurl.com/vtrm9


Films that Tackle Touchy Social Issues http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=44867

Fidel Castro: The Insanities of Our Times http://www.prensa-latina.cu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=182897&Itemid=1


Egypt A Ticking Time Bomb – The Arab world’s leading nation has becomea political and cultural backwater — and that’s not good http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25318.htm


The Business of Disaster: Where’s the Haiti-Bound Money Going? http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/04/08-4

Partners In Health has issued an informative and deeply impressive report onits work in Haiti since the earthquake. The full report can be read here: http://parthealth.3cdn.net/d92e312c466cb7a99b_4im6ii6dh.pdf.

This PIH report as well as the report by Cuba’s minister of foreign affairsto the March 31 UN donors conference for Haiti, http://www.granma.cu/ingles/2010/abril/juev1/bruno.html,make clear that the Haitian people have strong and lasting allies on the healthcare front that will be a source of hope and strength for the country in theotherwise difficult months that lie ahead.

Haitian labour leader calls for more solidarity, less charity, in reliefefforts http://www.cupe.bc.ca/news/1298

The Shock Doctrine in Haiti: an interview with Patrick Elie http://www.globalpolicy.org/security-council/index-of-countries-on-the-security-council-agenda/haiti/48967.html


Welcome to the New Honduras, Where Right-Wing Death Squads Proliferate – Thenew regime in Honduras is assassinating union leaders, teachers andjournalists. Why does the U.S. support it? http://www.alternet.org/story/146608/welcome_to_the_new_honduras%2C_where_right-wing_death_squads_proliferate


No Indian Miracle – Jayati Ghosh Interviewed by Paul Jay http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2010/ghosh240410.html

India’s Shameful Paradox of Plenty By Devinder Sharma – There is no othercountry that presents a more shameful paradox of plenty- grains rotting in theopen while millions live in hunger. At the same time, no other country allowsits staple food to be exported while the population of hungry and malnourishedcontinues to multiply. It can happen only in India http://www.countercurrents.org/dsharma220410.htm


Detention centre like a prison, say Tamils http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/04/21/2879323.htm

Nespressure: Nescafe’s suppression of trade union rights in Indonesia


Women and Birth defects, Assassination of Iraqi Academics, Torture andDetainees (Prisoners of War) By Malak Hamdan & Abdulmunaem Almula http://www.countercurrents.org/almula220410.htm


Japanese islanders stage mass rally against US base – Nearly 100,000protesters attended a rally on Okinawa Sunday to demonstrate against a US airbase in a row that is dominating Japan’s national politics and souring its tieswith Washington. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/world/view/20100426-266465/Japanese-islanders-stage-mass-rally-against-US-base


Greetings from Nepal http://jedbrandt.net/2010/03/07/greetings-from-nepal/

Maoists for indefinite strike in no national govt http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=17942


Indonesian police attack peaceful demonstration in Manokwari, 22nd April,2010.


The War on Pakistanis http://www.europe-solidaire.org/spip.php?article17112


Israel’s Big and Small Apartheids: The Meaning of a Jewish State by JonathanCook http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2010/cook260410p.html

Gaza’s Calm Determination By Norman Finkelstein http://www.countercurrents.org/finkelstei260410.htm

Israel’s Criminal Water Policy By Fawaz Turki – By robbing Palestinians oftheir resources, Tel Aviv intends to see that they will wither away or emigrateinto oblivion http://www.countercurrents.org/turki240410.htm

Palestine: Six Decades Of Dispossession By Khaled Amayreh – Founded onethnic cleansing, erasing the Palestinians remains the modus operandi of thestate of Israel, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank http://www.countercurrents.org/amayreh240410.htm

10,000 Palestinians Homes Razed By Israel In 10 Years By PalestinianInformation Center http://www.countercurrents.org/pic220410.htm


Respect candidate spearheads quiet revolution to get Muslim women involvedin politics – Not afraid to speak her mind, Salma Yaqoob is well aware that sheis a challenge to traditional Muslim political culture http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/apr/23/respect-candidate-muslim-women-politics

Birmingham council staff win millions over pay equality – About 5,000 mainlyfemale council staff have won their case for equal pay at an employmenttribunal. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_midlands/8647072.stm

"Fabricating Terrorism:" Victims Of UK Injustice By Stephen Lendman – All 29detainees were innocent and uncharged, yet were victimized by horrific torture,abuse, and the involvement of their own government – serious crimes againsthumanity under Fourth Geneva’s prohibitions against "violence to life andperson (including) cruel treatment and torture" as well as provisions for therights of "protected persons." http://www.countercurrents.org/lendman240410.htm


Huge Protests Planned for Showdown on Wall St. and at Banks Across the U.S.to Demand Financial Reform http://www.alternet.org/economy/146571/huge_protests_planned_for_showdown_on_wall_st._and_at_banks_across_the_u.s._to_demand_financial_reform

Gaza War Crimes – When Will University of California Stop Funding? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/4/26/861009/-When-Will-the-University-of-California-Stop-Funding-War-Crimes-Against-Palestinian-Civilians

China Challenges U.S. Hypocrisy on Human Rights – Introduction by FredFeldman: On March 5, 2010, the government of the People’s Republic ofChina issued a detailed report entitled “The Human Rights Record of theUnited States in 2009.” It is a unique document in world diplomatichistory. http://www.socialistvoice.ca/?p=1176

The Staggering Collapse of Living Standards in the US — 92% of AmericansUnhappy with the Economy http://www.alternet.org/story/146630/the_staggering_collapse_of_living_standards_in_the_us_–_92%25_of_americans_unhappy_with_the_economy

Human Rights With Your Food: Farm Workers March in Florida for Living Wages- Farmworkers are calling on supermarket giant Publix to pay them a penny morefor every pound of tomatoes they pick, which would almost double their meagerwages. http://www.alternet.org/story/146563/human_rights_with_your_food%3A_farm_workers_march_in_florida_for_living_wages

Terrorizing Immigrants By Stephen Lendman – America’s homeland isrepressively militarized and unsafe. Habeas rights, judicial fairness and otherconstitutional protections are ignored. Lawlessness prevails. Everyone isvulnerable. Freedom is at risk. Police state repression is deepening. Knowingthe dangers is a wake-up call for action. Latino immigrants, people of color,Muslims, and anyone called a threat to national security are most vulnerable http://www.countercurrents.org/lendman260410.htm


Venezuelan Socialist Party Closes Five-Month Congress, Prepares forPrimaries http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/5307

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